We use brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, a good amount of salt & pepper, and a pinch of cayenne! Make sure you use all of the seasoning! Also, really rub it into the pulled pork, get all of the nooks and crannies!
In respect to this, can you cook pulled pork too long in slow cooker?
Can you overcook the pork? It’s hard to overcook the well-marbled and fatty shoulder cut. However, it can become mushy due to the acids in the sauce if the cooking continues too long beyond the recommended cook times. Make sure to keep an eye on the pork and take a bite for the best gauge of doneness.
People also ask, do you need liquid in slow cooker for pulled pork?
Does pulled pork in the slow cooker need liquid? No. When making pulled pork in the slow cooker I add a small amount of extra liquid for flavor but it’s not a necessity. Because there is a good amount of fat and water in pork shoulder roasts you don’t have to add extra liquid when making pulled pork.
Do you season pulled pork after pulling?
I’ve had some great pulled pork that was seasoned with vinegar based sauce and a little salt and pepper flakes after pulling. I especially like the mushy kind of pulled pork texture you get from adding in more liquid and chopping the pork a little bit.
Place your whole butt or shredded pork in an ovenproof dish and add in a little liquid to replace some of the lost moisture. This can be apple juice, cider vinegar, broth, or a thick BBQ sauce. Cover the dish in a double layer of foil, to lock in the moisture, and set it on a baking tray in the middle of your oven.
Best Pork Rub
For spice, we add chili powder, cayenne powder and chipotle chili pepper. You can add a little more of one of these spices if you like more spice, but my family found this to be perfect for all 5 of us. Be sure to use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.
So how long do you leave dry rub on steak, chicken, turkey, or pork? Allow the BBQ rub to rest on the food 15 minutes to 2 hours (and up to several hours if you’ve got time) before cooking.
Season pork shoulder all over with salt and pepper then add to slow cooker, covering it with ketchup mixture. Cover and cook until very tender (the meat should fall apart easily with a fork!), on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker and transfer to bowl.
Add about 1/4 Cup Liquid Per Pound of Pork
Mix and match a few things together until you have about 1/4 cup of liquid per pound of pork: for best results make sure that your liquid mixture includes something sweet and something tart.
Use about one tablespoon for every pound of meat. You can apply a rub right before you cook or a few hours ahead of time for basic grilling or up to 24 hours ahead if you’re hot-smoking.
Reduce liquid when using a slow cooker
Don’t overfill your slow cooker, or it may start leaking out the top, and the food won’t cook so well. Half to two-thirds full is ideal – certainly no more than three-quarters.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Ultimate Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Pork roast.
- Brown sugar.
- Spices: paprika, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder.
- Canned chipotle peppers in adobo.
- Apple cider vinegar.
If your meat is hard to shred, it’s not done yet. A little bit of apple cider vinegar goes in here too and it really does the trick to break down the meat to make it more tender plus gives it just the right zip of extra flavor.
If your pulled pork is dry, it’s probably because it’s overcooked. You can help the meat retain moisture by keeping it warm in a slow cooker, ideally with a bit of water or chicken stock added. To keep the pulled pork from drying out during storage, consume any leftovers within 3 days.